Reminder: First AFL Live Blog, Wednesday @ 12:35 PST

by Chuck

Just a reminder to my twelveand the four regular users of Dugout Central that I will be live blogging from the press box the Scottsdale @ Surprise game on Wednesday.

I expect to be at the park early enough to set up my laptop and have the lineups posted and maybe even a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper BP report by 12:15 or so.

Based on past history, live blogs aren’t my friend, but between here and the Twit, we should be good to go.


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134 Responses to “Reminder: First AFL Live Blog, Wednesday @ 12:35 PST”

  1. Raul Says:

    No worries. Any updates will be greatly appreciated.

    Sometimes it’s better to take in the entire day and formulate your thoughts anyway. Live blogging can be tricky.

  2. Bob Says:

    Once again, thanks.

  3. Chuck Says:

    Scottsdale lineup

    Gary Brown, Giants, CF
    Brandon Crawford, Giants, DH
    Alex Hassan, Red Sox, RF
    Bryce Harper, Washington, LF
    Derek Norris, Washington, C
    Cody Overbeck, Phillies, 1B
    Joe Panik, Giants, 2B
    Zach Walters, Washington, 3B
    Jean Segura, Angels, SS

    Mike Trout is here and in uniform, not in lineup because he just got into town on Monday.

  4. JohnBowen Says:

    There isn’t any place online that’s streaming this, is there, Chuck?

  5. Raul Says:

    3 Nationals?


    Wait what does Brandon Crawford play?

  6. Chuck Says:

    Surprise lineup

    Kevin Mattison, Marlins, CF
    Tim Beckham, Rays, SS
    Wil Myers, Royals, RF
    Mike Olt, Rangers, 3B
    Matt Dominguez, Marlins, DH
    Mike Mahtook, Rays, LF
    Joe Terdoslavich, Braves, 1B
    Christian Bethancourt, Braves, C
    Tyler Bortnick, Rays, 2B

    Starting pitchers: Scottsdale, Tyler Cloyd, RHP, Phillies, and RHP Shane Dyer, Tampa, for Surprise.

  7. Chuck Says:

    I think Gameday has it.

    Crawford’s a SS.

  8. Cameron Says:

    Yeah, Crawford’s a SS. He picked up most of the ABs in San Fran after they got rid of Tejada.

  9. Chuck Says:

    Harper looks a lot bigger than he did last year. He was listed at 205, now looks to be in the 220 range.

  10. Cameron Says:

    To be expected I think. Guy’s got access to better equipment now, plus he seems like a workout warrior. Guys with his ego and temper usually are.

  11. Chuck Says:

    Line drive to the RC gap by Myers, nice running catch by Hassan.

  12. Chuck Says:

    He’s also 18 Cameron, probably more a physical maturity thing than anything.

  13. Raul Says:

    Tim Beckham?
    Isn’t he like 28?

  14. Cameron Says:

    I thought he was 19 now. Still, that too. As a guy still hanging around people that age (friends with little brothers), they bulk up fast.

    Wonder how big he’s gonna get.

  15. Chuck Says:

    One two three for Scottsdale in the second.

  16. Chuck Says:

    One two three for Surprise as well.

    Strike out swinging for Olt, pop out to first (foul)for Dominguez, and a 5-3 for Mahtook.

    Dominguez is a big kid, seems to have a pretty good eye.

    Mahtook runs pretty well it seems. Not sure why TB would send him here, though.

  17. Chuck Says:

    Harper turns 19 on October 16th

    Beckham’s 21.

  18. Raul Says:

    Florida’s been producing talent for years.
    Now Washington is coming up with some impressive talent.

    More reasons why the Mets need to blow up that team, trade David Wright and regroup.

    When’s the last time the Mets even sent 2 decent prospects to the AFL?

  19. Chuck Says:

    Nice 6-4-3 started by Beckham.

  20. Chuck Says:

    New pitcher for Scottsdale, Brock Huntzinger from the Red Sox.

    Second pitch gets roped to right for a single.

    Well on is way to Boston.

    Second hitter drills an 0-1 to left.

    First and second no outs.

  21. Chuck Says:

    Myers with the bases loaded and two outs

  22. Chuck Says:

    Run scores on a wild pitch, then Myers takes a 3-2 curve for strike three.

    New pitcher for Surprise, lefty Dan Jennings from Florida

  23. Raul Says:

    3-2 curveball with bases loaded?

  24. Cameron Says:

    “When’s the last time the Mets even sent 2 decent prospects to the AFL?”

    The Mets can have two decent prospects?

  25. JohnBowen Says:

    Wow, three straight swinging strikes for Harper.

    How ugly was it, Chuck?

  26. Chuck Says:

    Harper gets called out on a check swing appeal and stands in the box staring at the 3B umpire, then flips his bat.

    He looks to have one goal in mind in every AB, hit the seats.

    He doesn’t seem to have any discernible approach at the plate.

  27. Chuck Says:

    First and second were check swings actually, first one was ugly, last one was pretty close.

  28. Cameron Says:

    So he got struck out on three check swings?

    …God damn kid, learn to take a ball. Not a walk, a ball.

  29. Chuck Says:

    Second strike was a rip.

    Shortstop for Scottsdale, Segura, has made two really nice plays, one on a dive up the middle, the other on a bad hop tag on a steal attempt.

    He’s listed at 5′11″ 160, is 21, and was an undrafted FA from the Dominican in 2007 and who has yet to play higher than A ball. flag.

  30. Cameron Says:

    Huh… Juan Segura’s actually a name I’ve heard before.

    Also, speaking of Dominican players who raise red flags, Leo Nunez never existed. Fake name taken by Marlins closer Juan Oviedo to pose as a 16 year old and make an extra hundred grand.

  31. Chuck Says:

    New pitcher for Scottsdale, Austin Fleet from the Giants

  32. Chuck Says:

    It’s Jean, not Juan

  33. Chuck Says:

    First press box scoop of the year.

    Most of us probably suspected this, (except Mike), but the Cincinnati operations staff were “ordered” to “alter”, by as much as ten mph, the official radar readings for Aroldis Chapman.

  34. Chuck Says:

    Another nice play by Hassan in RF.

  35. JohnBowen Says:

    I just kinda thought he liked to add an extra 10 mph at home for the extra “zip.”

  36. Chuck Says:

    New Surprise pitcher, lefty Brendan Lafferty from the Royals

  37. Chuck Says:

    error on Beckham on a ball hit by Gary Brown.

    Brown runs really well, and instead of charging, Beckham cupcaked it and it cost him.

    Lazy play.

  38. Chuck Says:

    Another Red Sox pitcher, RHP Jeremy Kehrt

  39. Chuck Says:

    HR Tim Beckham, wind is blowing out to LF pretty good, but that was gone regardless.

    Line drive.

    Holy shit.

    Wil Myers just hit one about 30 feet farther that one hopped the barrier fence for the parking lot.

    Harper never moved.

    Damn..Olt hit the next pitch halfway up the berm in left center.

    Three straight pitches, three bombs.

  40. Cameron Says:

    Jesus wept, this kid is getting shelled.

  41. Raul Says:

    It’s the team version of Reggie Jackson.

  42. Cameron Says:

    I don’t know, it takes a lot more ego than just three normal ballplayers to get one Reggie Jackson.

  43. Chuck Says:

    This Hassan kid looks pretty good in RF, made another nice catch. Has saved a couple of runs, easy.

  44. Chuck Says:

    Finally taking a shower.

    New pitcher from the Phillies, lefty Jacob Diekman. Tall, skinny sidearmer.

  45. Chuck Says:

    Funky kind of motion for this kid, but he’s the hardest thrower so far today.

    Spent the year in Reading, wonder if Lefty knows anything about him.

  46. Chuck Says:

    Just walked his second straight hitter, second one forcing in a run.

    Seems to be an aimer.

  47. Chuck Says:

    New Surprise pitcher, JJ Hoover from the Braves

  48. Chuck Says:

    Harper with a flyout to fairness to him he was almost standing on second base when the catch was made.

  49. Cameron Says:

    Raw power mixed with ego and no patience. …This could end badly for him.

  50. Chuck Says:

    Kyle Skipworth is in now

    He was the Marlins first rounder in 2008.

    He’s listed at 6′4″, 205. His career avg in 328 games is .220, his OBP is .281.

    Looks good behind the plate, though.

  51. Chuck Says:

    So, what does he do..line a single to left.

  52. Raul Says:

    Harper’s the big name but Rendon will get to the Majors before Harper does.

    BTW, in case no one noticed, the Nationals won 80 games this past season.
    11 more than in 2010.

    The infield figures to be solid. Morse had a breakout year and Myers, Desmond and Espinosa are all very young. Espinosa with a decent first half, Desmond with a decent 2nd half. A bit of a down year for Zimmerman but overall they should compete.

    The question is whether the Nationals keep Zimmerman. He’s a FA after 2013 and he’ll be 29. Unless he finds a major power stroke by then, I don’t see Washington giving him 15M+ and he could walk or get traded. Or maybe they can convince him to take a (relatively) team-friendly deal that allows for another shot at free agency. Say, 3 years at 17 per and he goes back on the market at age 32.

    Or they could hope Morse stays hot, spin him to another team, move Zimmerman to 1B and put Rendon at 3B.

  53. Raul Says:

    Wow, check out these splits for Wilson Ramos in 2011:

    Home: .319/.396/.527
    Away: .222/.277/.372

    MVP at home.
    DOA on the road.

  54. Chuck Says:

    Another rally going, bags loaded with one out for Beckham.

  55. Chuck Says:

    Strikeout looking on a fastball away.

    Like, dude, what are you waiting for?

  56. Cameron Says:

    Tim Beckham: Tampa drafted the wrong Beckham.

  57. Chuck Says:

    Infield single by Myers, 6-0

  58. Lefty33 Says:

    In case it already hasn’t been mentioned, Francona is taking over for McCarver for games one and two of the ALCS as Timmy is having some minor medical work done.

    I think I’ll actually watch the games with the sound turned on now.

  59. Chuck Says:

    Yeah, Cam, I said the same thing.

    About ten seconds after they picked him.

  60. Cameron Says:

    How many 2008 first rounders are in the majors now? By my count, it’s 18.

    Skipworth and Beckham are the only ones I see in the top 10 not there.

  61. Chuck Says:

    Grand slam for Mike Olt.

    Couldn’t tell, but it looked like it cleared the parking lot boundry fence.

    That’s a bomb.

    Not a bad game for the UCONN kid.

  62. Cameron Says:

    The Phillies are up 2-0, one on, no outs.

    …This is gonna be a short fucking game.

  63. Chuck Says:

    Surprise is working on a six pitcher one hitter.

    Need two baserunners for another Harper AB, unlikely since that’s all they have through eight innings, and one was an error.

  64. Chuck Says:

    Gary Brown with a stand up triple off the CF fence.

    Man, can he run.

  65. Cameron Says:

    I remember Brown from the Futures Game, I like him. One of the few guys BA has rated at an 80 speed.

  66. Cameron Says:

    The Cards got lucky on that one. Struck out Ryan Howard on what should’ve been ball 4 and then threw Hunter Pence out on a bad tag call.

  67. Chuck Says:

    Crawford with an RBI groundout, there goes the shutout

  68. Chuck Says:


  69. Cameron Says:

    Sounds like it was a fun ballgame there, Chuck.

  70. Cameron Says:

    Cards are on top now after Berkman tagged up to third off a great catch by Hunter Pence that robbed Yadi of a double, then a David Freese single drove in two.

  71. Cameron Says:

    Roy Oswalt’s latest pitch got thrown out as a non-pitch because of a distraction in the batting box.

    …A squirrel ran across home plate.

  72. Cameron Says:

    Oh my bad, it was a live ball.

  73. Cameron Says:

    Gentlemen, you know how I occasionally get my hands on some really stupid news headlines? Brace yourself, I think I found something that takes the cake.

  74. Cameron Says:

    2 run homer for David Freese.

    The kid sucks for years, goes completely unnoticed this season, and all of a sudden he become the postseason hero for this team. The fuck?

  75. Cameron Says:

    Beautiful sliding catch by Jon Jay robs a single and sends the series back to Philly for Game 5.

  76. brautigan Says:

    Alright Cardinals! On to game 5.

  77. Cameron Says:

    It’s been a hell of a comeback. Let’s see if they can finish it.

  78. brautigan Says:

    Tough task, but from where I am sitting, Philly has more pressure on them than the Cardinals. And in a big game, that could be the difference.

  79. JohnBowen Says:

    The dbacks are apparently going to have a “black-out” – they’re giving away black t-shirts and encouraging fans to wear black jerseys.

    Coincidentally, if the Dbacks win tonight, I will conduct a very different form of black-out.

  80. JohnBowen Says:

    For fuck’s sake.

    Yuniesky Betancourt should not be playing. Not now, not ever.

  81. brautigan Says:

    LOL, fact is, Yuniesky Betancourt makes more money than Ryan Braun.

  82. Cameron Says:

    Until next year when Braun’s extension starts to kick in and Yuni’s selling tacos outside of Miller Park.

  83. brautigan Says:

    I’d like to see Milwaukee win tonight, but I wish nothing but the best for Joe Saunders. The last time I saw Saunders was in Portland when he played for Salt Lake. Some of you may remember Saunders was given permission to wear his Virginia Tech hat durning a major league game after the tragedy in Blacksburg. He started and pitched six scoreless innings in a 8-4 win. What people don’t remember was that he was sent down the following day. I saw him in Portland shortly after that and talked about his hat making it to the Baseball Hall of Fame and other things. He not once complained about being in AAA again, nor did he lack in his workout efforts. He made his way back to the majors and has pitched very well with limited tools. (Take away his 9-17 record of 2010 and he is 60-35 lifetime). I wish him the very best.

  84. brautigan Says:

    Yuni will be eating tacos outside of Miller Park.

    Dude doesn’t need to work ever again.

  85. Cameron Says:

    Braun doubles in a run. Good start.

  86. Raul Says:

    A lot of these athletes take the money for granted.

    It’s one thing for Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter to live lavishly. They’re highly marketable players with record contracts under their belts.

    But the mid-level and lower salaried players can really take a beating if they don’t manage well.
    Betancourt (according to the baseball-reference page) has made a little over 8.5 million during his career.

    How much of that was saved? The pessimist in me says “not very much”.

  87. Cameron Says:

    This is gonna piss off John, but…

    Nananananananananananana….. TAT-MAN!!!

  88. JohnBowen Says:


    Is anyone even going to make an effort to get ahead in the count.

    Sweet job Randy.

  89. JohnBowen Says:

    See what happens when you get behind 2-0?

    Holy fucking shit.

  90. Cameron Says:

    Okay Randy, now you just suck.

  91. brautigan Says:

    That ball was tattoed.

  92. brautigan Says:

    Anyone up and throwing for the Brewers yet?
    Besides John throwing up?

  93. JohnBowen Says:

    I guess now we know what happens when a pitcher who only gives up flyballs pitches against a powerful lineup in a flyball park.

  94. JohnBowen Says:

    Perfect, asshole walks the pitcher.

  95. JohnBowen Says:

    I don’t think Wolf has gotten ahead of a single hitter so far.

  96. Raul Says:

    The man’s name is Randy Wolf. Of course he sucks.
    A guy with a name like that should be selling you aluminum siding. Not pitching in the major leagues.

  97. Cameron Says:

    Or a a B-Movie action star.

  98. Raul Says:

    Who’s a B-Movie action star these days? Cuz I’m thinking Van Damme had that title for 25 years.

  99. Cameron Says:

    Steven Seagal’s got his career on life support with direct-to-dvd movies, but the B-Movie is sort of a thing of the past now. Makes me sad.

  100. Raul Says:

    I’m thinking….David Arquette.

    Just because when I think “total dweeb”, I think David Arquette.

  101. Cameron Says:

    Oh, he did star in a shitty somewhat action movie called Ready To Rumble. He was even the real WCW Champion as cross=promotion. It’s even dumber than it sounds.

    Last thing I saw Arquette in was this indy flick called “Johns” about male prostitutes. It was actually really good. I loved Arquette in it. …Before you make any jokes, I was with friends and it was in their Netflix queue. I don’t actively search out for movies about male prostitutes.

  102. Cameron Says:

    So John, how deep into the bottle are you right now?

  103. JohnBowen Says:

    This is incredible.

    I’ll drink a 5th if Wolf just gets ahead of a batter.

    Just one.

    That’s all I’m asking.

    Get ahead of one hitter.

  104. Cameron Says:

    I know I should be a better friend, but….

    “Does this mean anything for tonight? Probably not; it’s just a single game, after all and regression is a long-term tool.”

  105. JohnBowen Says:

    Well there ya go.

    Both Saunders and Wolf pitched to their actual abilities.

  106. Cameron Says:

    I thought you said they were similar pitchers, why aren’t their failures similar?

    …You know I love ya.

  107. Raul Says:

    It’s only the 4th inning?

  108. Cameron Says:

    This is gonna be long and painful, Raul. Enjoy the ride.

  109. Cameron Says:

    Oh hey look, it’s Luis Gonzalez.

    Somewhere, Chuck is throwing shit at the TV.

  110. Raul Says:

    LOL @ 109

  111. Cameron Says:

    Hey John, if you’re sober enough to read this, the bases are loaded.

  112. JohnBowen Says:

    ahetpji, ce wha?

    Nah, I hear ya.

  113. Cameron Says:

    So close!

  114. JohnBowen Says:


  115. Cameron Says:

    93 mph heater right down broadway… You can’t ask for anything better with the bases loaded, man.

  116. JohnBowen Says:

    Nope, got his pitch and he just missed it.

  117. Cameron Says:

    Oh no, he drilled the fuck out of it. Problem was he drilled it to center field and Arizona’s got some bad power alleys.

  118. JohnBowen Says:


    What the fuck guys?

  119. Cameron Says:

    Should I call the ambulance now for you or will you be sober enough to dial 911 after you clear Milwaukee of it’s booze stash?

  120. Cameron Says:

    One thing I’ve noticed. Arizona has the bat boys’ names on their jersey and the number BB and Milwaukee has Bat Boy for the name and the number 99.

    It’s bat boy karma, dude.

  121. Cameron Says:

    Oh dear…

  122. JohnBowen Says:


    Just get ahead in the count.


    First Wolf, now Narveson.

    Fucking ridiculous.

  123. Cameron Says:

    No, what’s ridiculous is that the D-Backs have blasted so many bombs that the editing team has had time to play a 30-second montage and it’s the seventh inning.

  124. Cameron Says:

    Oh hey look, Carlos Gomez just hit a home run.

    …Wow, didn’t take long for hell to freeze over, did it?

  125. Cameron Says:

    Nice hack there, Corey.

  126. Cameron Says:

    Just curious, you think it’s just Wolf’s fault? From what I’ve seen tonight, Kottaras is making some pretty terrible calls.

  127. Cameron Says:

    Huh… Never noticed, but Paul Goldschmidt looks a lot like Mark Teixeira.

  128. JohnBowen Says:

    Fuck Randy Wolf. Fuck him.

  129. Cameron Says:

    And this series is going back to Milwaukee.

    Man, Texas won in 4 and the others are going to 5. This is shaping up to be a hell of a postseason so far.

  130. Cameron Says:

    Wolf sucked, Naverson sucked, but if you’re Kottaras and you see them leaving potatoes like they’re throwing, you don’t call SHIT over that plate all night.

  131. Raul Says:

    Wouldn’t want to see John in a room with Betancourt and Wolf.
    Those military guys are skilled with knives and shit.

  132. JohnBowen Says:

    As a Brewers fan, I would just have Wolf throw 600 batting practice balls to Yuni.

    He’d hit around 400 pop-ups.

    That would get Wolf’s confidence up.

  133. Raul Says:

    Yuni would say those balls went 320 feet.

    120 feet into the infield, and 200 feet in the air.

  134. Chuck Says:

    “Sounds like it was a fun ballgame there, Chuck.”

    Aren’t they all?

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